This summer, I did something a little different than usual: I took my very first long vacation away from The Button Law Firm since opening the firm almost seven years ago. I was a little nervous about leaving for a full week. But thanks to some planning and my amazing team, the trip was awesome. Between all of the fun, I learned three things about myself.
3 Bussiness and Life Lessons Learned In the Mountains
1. When I’m outside, I have a lot more time and space to think.
While I was out on the river, hiking through the mountains, and sitting on the patio sipping coffee and watching the sun come up, my brain was busy working on my vision for The Button Law Firm. I had the space to work through big problems, get creative, and project far into the future. It was good for me, and when I got back, it was good for The Button Law Firm team.
2. My team can get along just fine without me!
That was a little bit humbling, but it was exciting, too. Thanks to the way our systems have been set up — and especially to Ashley’s work with PracticePanther — everyone here feels confident and empowered in their roles. Not only did they do great work while I was away, but their dedication also allowed me to dive back in and get up to speed more quickly when I got home.
3. Disengaging makes me a better lawyer, leader, and business owner.
I came back from Utah feeling sharp and ready to work. Because I was well-rested, I jumped out of bed the second my alarm went off! There was a clear improvement in my decision-making and focus, too.
Honestly, this wasn’t easy to accept. I thought I was doing my team and clients a service by never taking a vacation over the last six years. But the truth is that getting away periodically will allow me to be an even better lawyer and leader when I’m here. Even better, it means I can represent my clients more effectively in daycare injury and car wreck cases, and catch more fish. That sounds like a win-win to me!
Time Outside in Utah Delivers Many Benefits for Dallas Attorney
The idea for this trip all started when my sister and her husband invited me to join them on their annual outdoor vacation. When my parents heard I was going, they jumped on board, too! We rented a house in the mountains in Park City, Utah, and hiked every day.
The weather on this trip was beautiful and the cooler temperatures were a refreshing break from the Texas humidity. My brother-in-law, Dom, and I tried fishing in the Alpine lakes we hiked to but didn’t have any luck, so we headed down to the Provo River one day to fly fish for trout. Neither of us had thought to rent waders, so we probably looked like a couple of goofballs trying to catch trout in our shorts! Still, we didn’t let the sideways looks stop us. Luckily, we caught a guided fishing trip on our last day and all caught a bunch of trout. We had a blast!
When my family and I weren’t hiking or fishing, we spent time just relaxing, eating great meals at local restaurants, and exploring the historic part of Park City. This trip was a valuable reminder that time away from your business isn’t time wasted. In fact, having that time away to think will likely add value to what you do every day.